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Newton M. Shaffer

Orthopedic Surgeon

Centurion, 1889–1928

Full Name Newton Melman Shaffer

Born 14 February 1846 in Kinderhook, New York

Died 2 January 1928 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Proposed by Henry Codman Potter and George Blagden

Elected 2 November 1889 at age forty-three

Century Memorial

Newton Melman Shaffer has been described as the first practitioner in America to qualify distinctively as orthopedic surgeon. He was for nearly sixty years a thorough and enlightened student of his branch of surgery, to whose advancement in practical mastery of the problems of the crippled he was a notable contributor.

Alexander Dana Noyes
1928 Century Association Yearbook